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Alex Cora fired by Red Sox after Astros scandal

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In the wake of MLB’s published investigation into the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, the Red Sox announced Tuesday night they fired manager Alex Cora.

On Monday, MLB concluded that Cora was deeply involved in the Astros’ sign-stealing operation in 2017 that saw the team’s manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow suspended for a year and subsequently fired.

“Today we met to discuss the Commissioner’s report related to the Houston Astros. Given the findings and the Commissioner’s ruling, we collectively decided that it would not be possible for Alex to effectively lead the club going forward and we mutually agreed to part ways,” the team said in a statement attributed to owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO Sam Kennedy and Cora.

“I do not want to be a distraction to the Red Sox as they move forward,” Cora said. “My two years as a manager were the best years of my life.

Cora was the bench coach for the Astros in 2017 before being hired as the Red Sox’ manager in 2018. Boston won the World Series in Cora’s first year, but he reportedly oversaw an illicit sign-stealing operation conducted by his team that season.

When MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released his report on the Astros’ activity, Manfred noted that Cora’s role in Houston’s operation was far more significant than Hinch’s and Luhnow’s ever was. 

According to MLB’s report, Cora was the person who called for the installation of a monitor adjacent to the Astros’ dugout, which broadcast a feed directly from a centerfield camera. Cora and other “lower-level baseball operations employees,” in conjunction with players, then used that feed to determine the opposing team’s signs based on the catcher’s signals. The team banged a trash can to indicate if an off-speed pitch was coming, while no bang indicated a fastball was coming.

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